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The Amalfi coast is an area of breathtaking natural beauty, and is said by many to be the most precious jewel in Italy’s crown.

The main town on this wonderful coastline, which is dotted with UNESCO-listed sites, is Amalfi. This is a stunning location that dates back to medieval times, and this is clearly reflected in the pretty alleyways, steep cobbled walkways and delightful architecture, all of which sits in a picture-perfect landscape comprising verdant olive groves and fragrant lemon trees.
This coast has for decades been associated with glamorous and famous visitors, but these days it is the perfect spot for any holidaymaker looking to relax in gorgeous surroundings.

There are plenty of places to catch the sun in Amalfi. The town itself has four pebbly beaches, the largest of which - Marina Grande - is the place to see and be seen. Here you will find everyone you need for a pleasant day of sun-worshipping, including a good selection of cafes and bars and a plethora of brightly coloured umbrellas to shade you from the midday rays. There is also a small but pretty harbour which offers shelter from the larger waves. If you prefer a sandy shore, this is a wish that is easily granted -simply head out a little way to the beaches near the villages of Maiori and Minori.

At the centre of the town sits the majestic cathedral of St. Andrew. This imposing building boasts a mixture of Moorish and European architecture and an atmospheric crypt that is beautifully decorated with frescoes. There is a magnificent cloister - the Chiostro del Paradiso - which is bordered by a calm and almost eerily peaceful garden.

The best way to admire the wider coast is by boat. This is a coastline that is packed with quintessentially Italian villages and pretty grottoes, and it could be easier to hop on one of the many boat trips that deport from the harbour at Amalfi. You will be treated to sights such as the Future Fjord and the Emerald Grotto and of course the famous island of Capri, with its wonderful central square and chic shopping destinations.

In the summer the temperature on the islands (Sicily and Sardinia) of the Amalfi coast is generally fixed at around 30 degrees during the height of the season in July and August. On the mainland you can depend upon a reading of around 27 degrees. If you are lucky enough to visit in the spring, you will be greeted by balmy conditions in the mid-twenties, with a cooling breeze thrown in for good measure. Thunder storms are not uncommon anywhere in Italy, but whilst they can be very dramatic, they seldom last long and often leave cleaner, fresher air in their wake.

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